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July 27, 2015
Hello once again:)

So, it`s been a pretty decent week. We`ve spent alot of time working with less-active and part member families this week which has been pretty good, while still searching for new people to teach. We also had divisions with Hermana Torres and Hermana Hurtado this last tuesday and this morning we were in Posados doing visa paperwork(on the bright side I got to see my trainner again and her new trainniee which was pretty cool)…always a fun adventure.

But my cool story for this week actually happened last week that I forgot to tell. So, one of the other missionaries in my district lost her wallet the other day on the bus with all her important documents and a whole bunch of money in it…she was pretty upset and was praying pretty hard for some way to get it back, despite everyone telling her that she would never see it again…when the very next day I got a call from our branch President asking if I knew a missionary named Hermana Albach. I guess it turned out that someone had found her wallet on the bus and had posted it on facebook which my branch president somehow came across…What are the chances of that? So my branch president was able to get in contact with this lady and send us the number to give to Hermana Albach who then was able to find this lady and get her wallet back including all the money in it. I guess what happened is the son of this lady found the wallet and was super happy because he had been praying for a way to pay for some school books that he needed and so he was planning on taking the money, but his mother insisted on showing him how to be a good person and do the right thing. So they gave it back and Hermana Albach decided to give them a bit of money in gratitude so the son could buy his books…so two prayers were answered, the Hermana got her wallet and her money back, and this kid was able to buy the books that he needed…it`s pretty cool how the Lord works!

So, just remember that God always answers prayers, one way or another. Love you all,

Hermana Marvian

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Two Miracles

Monday, July 20, 2015

Dear Friends and Family,

This has been a pretty good week. It`s been a little crazy because we`ve had a lot of little things that have come up that have needed our attention, like helping clean out the house of the Elders that used to be with us in our area, and a couple of other things that have shortened our proselyting time this week, but everything seemed to work out ok.
These last two weeks we`ve been working a lot with less-active members along with searching for new people to teach. It`s been super cool because over the last couple of weeks we`ve picked up 5 less-active families that we`ve been working with and most of them have started assisting the church again, it`s kindof a miracle actually! There is definitely a lot of work to be done with these families, but I`m praying that it should all work out.
As for a second miracle, we had a young woman(14yrs) that came to church with her uncle yesterday. We didn`t know she wasn`t a member at first, but after church she came up to us and told us that her parents are members but haven`t come to church for a very long time, but she told us that she really likes the church and wants us to come start teaching her and that she wants to get baptized as soon as possible and work on a goal to go to the temple with her family! How cool is that? So this week we are going to try and go meet with her and talk to her parents as well. But what makes it even better is that a couple of the youth from her class are all excited for her too and came up to me and my companion, insisting that they wanted to come with us and visit her, soo…I think we are going to all go out and visit her this week and it should be pretty good:)
Other than that, this week I`ve been thinking a lot about personal stewardship. I was reading about the story in the new testament about the parable of the talents about how on man changed his 4 talents to 8, the second from 2 to 4, and the third did nothing with his 1 talent was condemned for doing nothing. I really like this story because it wasn`t so much about what they were given, but more on how they used it. This is the same with us. As a missionary, I`ve been given my area with my own circumstances and challenges, but it is how I handle it and what I do with it that matters the most. Our Heavenly Father wants to see if I will take care of what I`ve been given…This is the same with all of us. How are we using the opportunities that we`ve been given to bless us and the lives of others?

I love all of you guys,
Hermana Marvian

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​This is a photo of my companion Hermana Merchàn and I in our apartment

A Week Full of Adventures

Monday, July 13, 2015

Soooo….

Another week come and gone…it`s been pretty good, full of lots of adventures learning more about the rest of our area that used to be the Elders, talking to lots of new and interesting people, getting soaked in the rain(it`s rained pretty much everyday this week), etc…

So, my somewhat interesting story for the week has to do with shoes…I`m not sure how many pairs of shoes is normal for a missionary to go through but in my 7 months I think I`ve gone through more then my fair share. So, the other day we were about 30min away from our house, walking to a lunch appointment when my perfectly good pair of shoes completely fell apart on me, the whole sole of the show just like fell off, then it started rainning super hard and my companion and I ended up having to walk back to our pension in the pouring rain and mud as I walked back home with one shoe on my foot and the other triumphantly in my hand. I think I got a couple of strange looks on the way back but…oh well.#missionaryproblems:)

Other than that, the week`s been good, just trying to help my new companion get used to missionary life, which has been fun, she`s super great and came ready and prepared to the mission. I love working with her and we`ve been able to learn and grow alot together.

This week we also had interviews with our mission President which is also super great. I was able to talk to him about some of our investigators and other things and we ended up talking alot about personal conversion and about commitment to the church. We talked about how when we are baptized and when we go to the temple, we make sacred promises to follow the will of God and give everything to him. He talked about how its more noticable here in Paraguay because there aren`t alot of members(our branch attendence this past week was 36…woohoo…this was super good for us), but he said that it`s really noticable here to see which members are really commited and which are not, but that if I`d look back in the states I would see the same thing. There are some members who put their whole hearts into the church service and others that just go through the motions. He told me that when I finish my mission I`ll have that choice to make on what kind of member that I want to be, and that it is a great measure of our conversion. For me I know that I had a testimony before the mission, but my desire to help and serve after the mission has only increased and I hope that I can continue to learn and grow, and help people.

This week we`ve been working with this investigator, Rosanna, who is super cool. We`ve been inviting her to read her Book of Mormon and she always reads twice as much and this last week we had such a powerful lesson on prayer and the spirit was so strong(all while teaching her at her front gate because her family doesn`t like us that much), but it was so cool and she was crying and my love for her just grew so much. I really hope that we can continue to work with her and help her, she wants change in her life, and the gospel of Jesuschrist can definitely help with that.

I hope everyone had a great week.

Love you all!

Hermana Marvian

First Week of the New Transfer

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hey Everybody,

So, this week has been a bit of an adventure. My companion went home on Monday and I had to wait till Thursday to receive my new companion. So I joined Hermana Albach and Hermana Bernal who are in another area in Encarnacion for a couple days. Then Thursday I was supposed to go over to Posadas to get my new companion, but l ended up having passport issues so one of the other sisters had to go get my companion for me and bring her back…so, that was a little tough but it all worked out and my companion, Hermana Merchàn, is super great. Oh, and she`s not from Chile, she`s actually from Ecuador, which is just as cool. 

So these last couple of days have been really great. We`ve been working closely with a couple of people, one of them is a 17yr. old and her mom who are super cool. But what`s super cool is that her brother who`s a year younger has been starting to meet with us too, which is awesome because before he was always avoiding us and now he`s getting more and more interested, so we`ll see how it`s going. Other than that, we`ve had a couple days where the work is great and I just love being a missionary, and then their have been other days like Saturday that were a bit harder where we walked around for seven hours in the freezing cold and only met with two people becuase nobody would let us in their houses…but it`s ok, the hard days make the good days so much sweeter. As President Holland said once, we can`t expect missionary work to be easy because it is the work of salvation and it was never easy for Christ, and so we can`t expect it to be easy either. 

This last sunday we were talking about Jesus Christ and his sufferings in Gethsemane and the moment when he asked the Father if there was any other way…I really love this part because it was super hard for Christ to atone for our sins, yet he did it out of love for us and out of a desire to serve our Heavenly Father. In this way, Christ was a perfect example of who we should strive to be…obedient, with the desire to follow our Father in Heaven because he knows alot more then we do and can make more of us then we can.
I love my Heavenly Father, I love my Savior, and I love the opportunity that I have to help change families through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Hermana Marvian

P.S. Here are a couple more photos from the last couple of weeks when I was at the temple…better late then never.

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Starting a New Transfer

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hey everybody, how`s it going?

This week has been really good, and I`ve been promising pictures so I won`t write much because I need time to upload them, but overall this week has been really good. These last couple days I`m not really sure what happened, but we`ve seen alot of miracles with people this week. We`ve actually found several really good people that we`ve started teaching and had some really powerful lessons so I`m looking forward to seeing how it all works out these next couple of weeks.
Other than that, my companion Hermana Nethercott said goodbye to me today, she`s finished her mission and is headed back to the good old state of Wyoming. I`m going to miss her alot, she was super great, super hardworking and one of the funniest people I`ve ever met, but now I guess it`s time to move on. As for my new companion, I will meet her on Thursday, so right now I`m staying with a couple other sisters for the next couple days till I get my new comp. I don`t know alot about her yet, but I`ll be trainning this transfer so it should be fun working with a new missionary. As far as I know she`s from Chile, which is kinda cool because every transfer I`ve gotten a comp from a different country, which is kind of interesting. But I`m super excited, I know it`s going to be hard to help my new companion; the adjustment is always difficult, but there is a type of excitement that comes from new missionaries that`s super awesome and I think that it will actually help me alot. I definitley look forward for the opportunity to learn from, serve, and grow along side my new companion and it should be a big adventure.
Hermana Marvian
P.S Attached are a couple pictures from being at the ruins.

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